Itinerary

Days 1-3 Beijing

Modern high-rise buildings tower over buzzing busy streets - a dramatic contrast to the timeless wonder of Beijing's ancient sites. There is plenty of time to explore this amazing metropolis - from the Forbidden City and Summer Palace to backstreet hutongs packed with tiny local shops and eateries.

Days 4-6 Great Wall

Travel to a lesser-known section of the Great Wall. Take a long walk over steep, remote terrain taking in incredible views of the countryside. Rise early the next morning to catch a sunrise over this great feat of ancient engineering.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1, Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 7-9 Xi'an

Cycle around the city walls, admire the Great Mosque or sample street food in the Muslim Quarter - Xian is packed with things to do. Don't miss the famed 2,200 year-old Terracotta Warriors who stoically guard the tomb of China's First Emperor.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 10-12 Shanghai

Travel to Shanghai and hunt for a bargain in Yuyuan Bazaar or shop up a storm in China's hippest stores. Devour Shanghai's favourite dumpling, xiaolongbao. Perhaps catch an evening performance by the famous Shanghai Acrobats.
ACCOM: Hostel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 13-15 Yangshuo

Dramatic limestone peaks and lush surrounds characterise the unforgettable Guangxi region. Perhaps take it all in on a cycling adventure along picturesque country lanes or wander the backstreets of Yangshuo to discover hole-in-the-wall restaurants and small markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Days 16-18 Longji Terraces

Hike through the magnificent Longji rice terraces that cling precariously to the side of steep mountains. Stay with locals in a hillside village and take day treks to explore rural China.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 19-20 Hong Kong

Travel to Hong Kong and take the funicular to Victoria Peak or enjoy a harbour cruise. Shop at the Stanley Market or join the throngs on Nathan Road. Why not celebrate the end of this fantastic tour of China with a tasty dim sum feast?
ACCOM: Hotel - 1